MP thanks Covid heroes ahead of Lockdown anniversary

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Monday 22nd March 2021 6:49 pm
Mel Stride, the MP for Central Devon. ()

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ON the eve of the anniversary of the first lockdown in March 2020, Central Devon MP Mel Stride has extended a “huge thank you” to all the key workers and volunteers across his constituency who have helped care for people during the pandemic or played their part in keeping our country running.

During 2020 between lockdowns the MP met with some of our Covid heroes, spending socially-distanced time with local teachers, medical centre staff, farmers and community response team volunteers, to offer his support but also thank them personally for their contributions.

Since mid-December such meetings have been held online or on the telephone, for example today (Monday, March 22) speaking with organisers at two of the main vaccination centres in Central Devon – Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton and St Boniface House between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.

Mr Stride said: “The past year has been more challenging than any other I have known. Our local frontline NHS staff and other key workers have been incredible during the pandemic, treating patients and keeping vital public services functioning.

“Local volunteers have also played their part to ensure residents who are vulnerable or isolating have been looked after.

“The whole community response here in Central Devon has been outstanding and has helped us get to the point that there is light at the end of the tunnel."


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